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Mahounan Yedomiffi

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25 David Kinley Hall | 1407 West Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61801, USA
PhD Candidate

Biography

I am a PhD candidate in the Economics Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I completed my MS in Quantitative Economics from the African School of Economics and my BS in Economics from the National University of Benin.

My research interests lie in development economics, education, and labor.

I am on the job market in the academic year 2023-2024, and I am available for interviews.

Research Interests

Development Economics, Education, Labor.

 

 

Research Description

Primary education enrollment rates in developing countries have increased significantly over the past few decades, but secondary school completion rates have remained low and unequal. This study presents the findings of a randomized controlled trial I conducted in Benin investigating the effects of providing parents with information about their non-financial role in their child’s education through weekly phone calls. Across 2,094 8th-grade students in 20 secondary schools, the intervention led to a substantial 6 percent increase in grade completion. This stems from a statistically significant 0.11 standard deviation increase in year-end GPA, driven by STEM subjects. The intervention benefits academically weaker students, elevating their likelihood of progression by 37 percent. Educational improvements are due to parents improving their management of the household, reducing children’s chores, and becoming more involved and informed about what is going on at school. These results offer a promising and extremely cost-effective strategy for sub-Saharan Africa to improve educational outcomes and highlight the importance of parental management in the education production function.

 

This paper studies the extent of learning losses and recovery in Africa's most populous country, Nigeria, and provides some evidence that a full recovery is possible. Using data from a random sample of schools, we find significant learning losses of about .6 standard deviations in English and Math. However, a program designed to slow down the curriculum and cover what was missed during school closures led to a rebound within 2 months and a recovery of all learning losses. Students who were a part of the program do not lag behind one year later and remain in school.

 

  • Effect of the 2011 Libyan Crisis on Insecurity in the Sahel Region (Joint with Togbedji Gansey)

Sahelian countries are experiencing record terrorist activities. Using detailed data on terrorist activities, we investigate how the fall of the Libyan regime in 2011 affected the Sahel region. Results show a significant increase in attacks, deaths, and injuries associated with terrorist activities in the following years after 2011. In ongoing analysis, we are investigating how this sudden increase of terrorism impacts children's human capital accumulation and health.

 

Grants

  • The University of Illinois, Economics Department Applied Micro Research Grant (2022)
  • University of Illinois Graduate College Dissertation Travel Grant (2022)
  • The University of Illinois Graduate College, 2023 Ferber & Sudman Dissertation Award for Survey Research 

Awards and Honors

 
  • University of Illinois, Economics Department Boltz Fellowship for advanced student who has demonstrated research output of high quality (2022)
  • University of Illinois Nelle M. Signor Fellowship (2021)
  • University of Illinois Summer Fellowship (2020)
  • University of Illinois Fellowship for Graduate Study (Since 2017)
  • African School of Economics Pre-doctoral Fellowship (August 2016 to July 2017)
  • World Bank Grant ‘‘Centre d’Excellence Africaine en Sciences Mathématiques et Application’’ given to African graduate students who have excelled in their studies (2015)

  • Beninese Government grant given to students with outstanding academic achievements (2011-2012).

 

 

Courses Taught

  • Causal Inference (Graduate)
  • Grader in Econometrics (PhD)
  • Macroeconomics for MBA
  • Introductory Macroeconomics
  • Introductory Microeconomics